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Trade-spec white caddy

Post by raddy » Sun Nov 03, 2019 6:44 am

Just got this trade-spec white tdi caddy a few weeks ago, been great reading the build threads here so thought I'd get one up.
It's in ok nick and has bugger all kms, 80000.

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Plan to keep this little guy pretty stock. My days of sinking money in cars I behind me I reckon, but the threads here have me thinking of a few choice changes.
I share it with the missus (she may post on here using the same handle), and is only really used to cart our bikes around (mostly MTBs).

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The plan ATM is to make a sort of little 'rally' type caddy, with small-ish wheels and fat tyres, but with a little drop as well.
Are there holes under the side bumper strips? would really love to get rid of those ugly things

So the rough plans:

Get the minor dents pulled out of the body
Some flappy rally mudflaps, any suggestions?
GTi (or GTD) tartan seats, would like to retain the stock bases
Drop kit, maybe with damping adjustable coilovers, stock shocks are shocking....
Replace panels in rear with some nice birch ply and fit an LED roof-light
Wheels, undecided by leaning towards basset racing steelies (or maybe some whacky three piece) with some fatty tyres


Roof light from local hardware store, 12v flexy LED strip:
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Will be a glacial project but hopefully something happens, but I do seem to just spend all my $$$ on bikes.
Anyway, first mod was some gaffer tape on the drivers mirror to stop the awful whistling, and the second and most important was the badge update:

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Would have loved to have the letters all the same height but the preservation of total badge height is a close second in terms of pleasing results.

Cheers!
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Re: Trade-spec white caddy

Post by raddy » Mon Nov 04, 2019 8:23 am

Fixed image links, apparently google image addresses are no longer static ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

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Re: Trade-spec white caddy

Post by raddy » Mon Nov 25, 2019 7:32 am

Was more expensive than planned but finally found time to fab a new roof panel.

Originally wanted to inset the led strip flush but that failed. In the end I just siliconed it onto the surface.
Wired it up to the original light which has been moved up closer to the front seats.
Ignore the extra hole, a nice sticker should fix it up.


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Re: Trade-spec white caddy

Post by raddy » Thu Jan 02, 2020 9:53 pm

Got some cheap rims to improve on the steelies with flaking paint, 16*7" audi speedlines with slightly lower offset.

Any thoughts on tyres? 55 section should keep diameter the same but I think meaty 60 would like pretty tasty.
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Re: Trade-spec white caddy

Post by nomadave » Fri Jan 17, 2020 12:21 am

I love these wheels. Reminds me of the 205gti wheels.
Post up a pic when theyre on your caddy!

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Re: Trade-spec white caddy

Post by raddy » Fri Jun 26, 2020 5:23 am

Small additions, diy blocker curtains.
With all the metal around the windows I thought little magnets in the curtain would make for an easy mounting solution.

Keen to get some better (read lower) suspension and those rims on.
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Re: Trade-spec white caddy

Post by NGAutoArt » Fri Jun 26, 2020 10:11 am

Quite excited by this build!

Loving the LED strip! You've *inspired* me (i'm unashamedly pinching your idea!) :mrgreen:

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Re: Trade-spec white caddy

Post by raddy » Fri Jun 26, 2020 12:07 pm

Cheers mate.
Go for it, the original idea was to recess it so it would be flush but that was more effort than I had to give.
I'm sure you could do a better job!

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Re: Trade-spec white caddy

Post by Irvine » Fri Jun 26, 2020 12:12 pm

Neat idea with the roof light!

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Re: Trade-spec white caddy

Post by Mtb993 » Sat Jun 27, 2020 10:40 am

Loving the plans, similar to what I'd like to do, usable on the bumpy roads which mtb'ers tend to frequent on route to trails! Looking forward to seeing more

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Re: Trade-spec white caddy

Post by raddy » Thu Jul 16, 2020 8:45 am

Built a removable bed for camping trips, can confirm that two people (spooning) can fit with two full size mtbs, wheels on.
I'm sure with a better packing solution I could get a bmx in there as well but this will do.

What I really wanted was a single sheet of ply that hinged on the side panel, but I didn't have enough ply for that.

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